Next Scheduled Meeting:
Friday, April 10, 6:30 - 7:45 P.M. / VIA ZOOM / DETAILS TBA
About Our Club
The Manhattan, Kansas Amateur Radio Society (MAARS) was formed on July 7, 1976. The purpose of the club is to advance amateur radio in the Manhattan area. Since the beginning, the club has been active in different aspects of amateur radio, packet radio, satellites, community activities, ARRL Field Day, and amateur radio classes. Also, many club members have been very involved through the years with emergency communications and storm spotting. The club operates under the authority and guidelines of our Constitution.
To learn more about a committee or to volunteer, please contact the president.
MAARS Facebook Page
MAARS Google Group
PO BOX 613 Manhattan, KS 66505-0613
from Dave, KDØAZG
I have made repairs to the radio and PA for the Echo link server. I have made some changes on how to access nodes, should you want to DTMF a Echo link node. You must enter 1*, then your Node number. We were having trouble with other DTMF codes being broadcast on the KLINK that made a connection on our Echo link server. By adding in the 1*, this should help resolve this issue.
Remember, ECHO link is a no-tone operation, so should you connect with someone calling CQ via ECHO LINK, please disengage your tone. Enjoy.
Meetings are now in the Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz Ave., on the usual schedule of second Fridays. Check Upcoming Events below to confirm details for the next meeting.
APRIL 2020 MEETING VIA ZOOM ONLY - DETAILS TBA
Manhattan Weekly Net
Tuesdays at 8 P.M.
KSØMAN repeater, 147.255+ MHz
All amateurs (technician and above) are welcome to check in.
Following the net, we have the swap net. You can buy or sell any items found in the shack.
On-air negotiating is not permitted during the swap net.
Nets Around the Area
Sunday 9:00 Emporia ARES 146.985
Monday 8:00 RACES
Tuesday 8:00 Manhattan 147.255
Tuesday 8:30 Topeka 145.270
Wednesday 7:30 Clay Center 147.165
Wednesday 8:00 Salina 147.030
Wednesday 9:00 KLINK 444.525
Thursday 7:30 Pott/Jackson ARES 146.955 ???
Thursday 8:00 Osage County 147.300
Thursday 9:00 Emporia Club 146.985
Saturday 9:00 NCK ARES 444.525
President Benteman says, "The Wednesday 8 P.M. net is just for playing on different modes that normally aren't on the repeater. It doesn't have to be a 2m SSB voice net. It's for any mode, any band, just to learn new things, and get people involved and excited about different modes. We can use FLDigi, WSJTX, SSTV, voice, 70cm, 2m, HF, FM, AM, SSB, etc. Whoever would like to take the reins as net control on any given week, just speak up!"
|KANSAS HF NETS|
|M, W, F
||Kansas Phone Net
||Kansas AM Weather Net
||Kansas Phone Net
|Mon. - Fri.
||Central States Traffic Net
||Kansas Weather Net
||Kansas Sideband Net
||QKS CW NTS Traffic Net
||QKS SS CW Traffic Net
||QKS CW NTS Traffic Net
|KSARRL.ORG / 11-06-19
Officers – Nov. 2019
Located 1.5 miles south of Manhattan, Kansas, the MAARS repeater is at the KSDB site near K-177. The controller is an S-Com 7K. The repeater runs 10 watts output to a commercial antenna at 110 feet. Coverage as far east as Topeka and as far west as Abilene is common. The input frequency is 147.855 MHz, and the output frequency is 147.255 MHz. The repeater callsign is KSØMAN. The repeater is an open repeater, and may be accessed by any properly-licensed amateur.
Users of the KSØMAN repeater should be familiar with the autopatch procedures and other guidelines.
Visit the Kansas Amateur Repeater Council page for a comprehensive list of Kansas repeaters. (Click on RPT Directory.)
As of Jan. 2020, a new feature has been added for the KSØMAN 147.255 repeater. Audio can be monitored via Broadcastify.
|Manhattan Area Repeaters|
|KS1EMS||147.315 +||open||162.2||Ft. Riley / J.C.|
|KSØMAN||147.255 +||open||88.5||autopatch, wx net|
|KSØMAN||442.000 +||open||88.5||offset 447.000, AMS Mode, fusion or analog|
|WØKHP||444.525 +||open||162.2||Alma to Clay Center & Lawrence (map)|
Jan. 31, 2020: From Ryan Benteman, ADØTZ: Repeater Upgrade Announcement
As most of you know already, the KSØMAN 147.255 repeater was upgraded this afternoon. The two old repeaters were removed, and 125w Motorola Quantars were placed in their spot, along with a new duplexer set. This is still a full analog-only radio on the same frequency, with a tone of 88.5.
First off, many thanks to everyone who's helped with getting this repeater upgraded, both monetarily and physically. It's been a long process since October, when we started looking into the prospect of upgrading or repairing our Mastr II machine, and I'm pleased that the club now has a matching pair of very high quality repeaters that should last well into the future for us.
It still has battery backup, utilizing 200ah of UPS-grade backup batteries. The transmit power is 100w when it is under normal AC power, and 50w when under battery backup power.
The controller is different than what we had before. The repeater gives a CW ID every 10 minutes, and after transmission is a Nasa Quindar tone, with the same squelch tail length that the prior machine had. There are no voice announcements, no intros, just a CW ID and a beep after transmissions.
So far, initial reports are good, but I look forward to hearing any signal reports or problems you have with it. Our transmit power is the same as before, so I don't expect a coverage change, but it could have slightly better reception on the fringes.
repeaters in the rack, APRS radio on top, backup batteries to the side
(click photo to enlarge)
Upcoming Events 2020
MAARS MONTHLY MEETING
- Friday, April 10
- 6:30 - 7:45 P.M.
- VIA ZOOM / NO IN-PERSON MEETING / DETAILS TBA
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